Michelle Hawkins is a Senior Vice President of Strategic Procurement at Charter Communications. She joined Charter in June 2012 to develop and transform their Procurement organization. Michelle and her team provide strategic sourcing expertise for $18B in annual procurement spend. The organization contributes to Charter’s overall success by delivering business value to functional areas across the enterprise while aligning to support their organization objectives. Since 2012, Procurement has delivered over $2.8B in year over year savings and implemented Ariba Procure to Pay, Ariba Contracts and SAP Fieldglass solutions across the enterprise. In addition, the organization launched Charter’s Supplier Diversity Program that has grown to >$1B in diverse supplier spend annually since 2018 and exceeded $2B in 2022.
Michelle's career began in the telecommunications industry. She spent 22 years at Motorola in various leadership positions in direct and indirect procurement. In addition, Michelle led the global implementation of Ariba Procure to Pay and Ariba Contracts technology solutions. While at Motorola, she had global responsibility with team members in 16 different countries. Michelle also spent one year at Nokia Siemens Networks while she led the procurement integration of the former Motorola Networks business.
Michelle holds a bachelor's degree in Materials and Logistics Management from Michigan State University and a MBA from the University of Phoenix. She is currently on the Board of Directors of The Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) and is the Chair for the HR and Compensation Committee. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from PMI and holds a Global Leadership Certificate from Thunderbird School of Global Management. In 2010, she was a Board Member of Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Michelle is member of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) and has been recognized as a leader in the cable, broadcast and digital industry for the past 4 years (2019-2022) in Cablefax Most Powerful Women.